Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Can Today’s Paparazzi Ever Recover “La Dolce Vita”?
Why are today’s paparazzi so terrible? The combative relationship between photojournalists and their celebrity subjects seems to have become an all-out war as photographers look to capture content not already provided by the stars themselves via social media. That forbidden photographic fruit takes the
of either unguarded moments (the infamous “nip slips” and “upskirts”)
or flagrant violations of privacy (helicopters over weddings, etc.),
both of which lead to that quintessential paparazzi moment—the punch in
the face. The Years of La Dolce Vita: The Birth of Celebrity Culture, which runs at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
in London, UK, from April 30, 2014 through June 29, 2014, returns to
the Italian roots of today’s paparazzi and raises the question of
whether today’s photomedia can ever recover the grace and sweetness of
those early days, the days of “La Dolce Vita.” Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Can Today's Paparazzi Ever Recover 'La Dolce Vita'?"